Darren Bent has backed Kyle Walker-Peters to fill the void left by Kieran Trippier on the right-hand side of Tottenham’s defence next season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England striker claims that the 22-year-old has done enough to earn an opportunity under Mauricio Pochettino despite a lack of game time over the past 12 months.
The Argentine manager has a decision to make on who replaces Trippier in the starting XI, the English international having been sold to Atletico Madrid.
With Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth battling it out for the vacant position on the right side of the defence, Bent believes that Walker-Peters, who played just six times in the Premier League last season, is worthy of a starting role next season.
“I think he’s done enough to warrant the opportunity to become their regular right-back,” Bent told Football Insider.
“Whenever I’ve seen him, he’s always played well. If he’s not playing regularly, we’re never, ever going to see the best of Walker-Peters. Like Kieran Trippier when he was playing behind Kyle Walker – we never knew how good he was until Walker left.
“I think he can shine. In the times I’ve seen him play, I’ve liked his athleticism, I think he’s very good on the ball, he’s quick, he’s not scared of a tackle. He definitely warrants a chance to become their first-choice right-back. I think for your number one next season, I’m more likely to go for Walker-Peters.”
Walker-Peters was rarely seen by Tottenham fans during the 2018/19 campaign, playing just 10 times, eight of those outings coming in the starting XI, across all competitions.
He has a total of 19 appearances for Tottenham’s first team having come through the youth ranks in north London, as well as 11 caps for England’s under-21 side.